Mitsubishi Motors UK Wednesday May 11
Fuel consumption testing - Mitsubishi vehicles in the UK are not affected
You may recall that I wrote to you a couple of weeks ago (see below: Mitsubishi Motors UK Wednesday April 20) to tell you about an issue with fuel consumption tests on Mitsubishi vehicles in Japan. I told you then that there was no evidence to suggest that Mitsubishi vehicles produced for Europe were affected. I'm now pleased to be able to confirm for certain, following a detailed independent investigation, that no vehicles produced for UK and Europe are affected.
There has been a certain amount of coverage of this issue which has not been entirely accurate. The facts are that the company discovered that it had been submitting data from driving tests used in the USA to measure fuel economy rather than driving tests required in Japan.
The company viewed the situation very seriously. It acted quickly by putting in place a committee of external experts to investigate the issue and pledged to make these results public as soon as possible. Today the company has confirmed that no models sold in the UK, or anywhere else in Europe, are affected.
It is important to point out that this is not the same as the 'emissions' issue that has been revealed at Volkswagen. The testing data that has been wrongly presented relates to fuel consumption performance, not emissions into the environment.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK
Fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
• Immediate actions taken
• Models affected are only sold in Japan
• Testing addresses ‘fuel consumption’, not ‘emissions’
• External enquiry will quickly make findings public
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Japan has announced that it has discovered fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been improperly presented in order to improve fuel consumption rates. The testing method was also different from that required by Japanese law.
The company has acted quickly to apologise to its customers and stakeholders and will put in place a committee of external experts to thoroughly and objectively investigate the issue. In line with the company’s open and transparent policy, it has pledged to make these results public as soon as this is complete.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK says: “Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has acted quickly and decisively. We understand that such issues are of great concern to consumers. I would like to reassure everyone that there is no evidence to suggest that UK or European models are affected’.
MMC has immediately halted production and sales of the four cars, which are the Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Mitsubishi eK Space, the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Roox, which are manufactured for Nissan by MMC.
The cars in question are only sold in the Japanese domestic market.
Mitsubishi eK Wagon (left) and Mitsubishi eK Space (right)
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK Press Office: For further information please contact the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK Press Office by telephone on 00 44 1285 647 200 or visit the Mitsubishi media centre online at www.mitsubishi-media.co.uk